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Alternatives to Delphi

Lazarus, Java, Visual Studio, Python, and IntelliJ IDEA are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Delphi.
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What is Delphi and what are its top alternatives?

It is an integrated development environment (IDE) for rapid application development of desktop, mobile, web, and console software.
Delphi is a tool in the Integrated Development Environment category of a tech stack.

Top Alternatives to Delphi

  • Lazarus

    Lazarus

    It is a Delphi compatible cross-platform IDE for Rapid Application Development. It has variety of components ready for use and a graphical form designer to easily create complex graphical user interfaces. ...

  • Java

    Java

    Java is a programming language and computing platform first released by Sun Microsystems in 1995. There are lots of applications and websites that will not work unless you have Java installed, and more are created every day. Java is fast, secure, and reliable. From laptops to datacenters, game consoles to scientific supercomputers, cell phones to the Internet, Java is everywhere! ...

  • Visual Studio

    Visual Studio

    Visual Studio is a suite of component-based software development tools and other technologies for building powerful, high-performance applications. ...

  • Python

    Python

    Python is a general purpose programming language created by Guido Van Rossum. Python is most praised for its elegant syntax and readable code, if you are just beginning your programming career python suits you best. ...

  • IntelliJ IDEA

    IntelliJ IDEA

    Out of the box, IntelliJ IDEA provides a comprehensive feature set including tools and integrations with the most important modern technologies and frameworks for enterprise and web development with Java, Scala, Groovy and other languages. ...

  • PyCharm

    PyCharm

    PyCharm’s smart code editor provides first-class support for Python, JavaScript, CoffeeScript, TypeScript, CSS, popular template languages and more. Take advantage of language-aware code completion, error detection, and on-the-fly code fixes! ...

  • Android Studio

    Android Studio

    Android Studio is a new Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. It provides new features and improvements over Eclipse ADT and will be the official Android IDE once it's ready. ...

  • Xcode

    Xcode

    The Xcode IDE is at the center of the Apple development experience. Tightly integrated with the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks, Xcode is an incredibly productive environment for building amazing apps for Mac, iPhone, and iPad. ...

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Lazarus

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A Delphi-compatible cross-platform IDE
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PROS OF LAZARUS
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    Support for Multi-Platform-Compiling
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    GUI Designer
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    True Cross-Platform
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    Refactoring
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    IOS and Android Development
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    Cross Platform Development
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    True Cross Platform
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    Performance
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    Opensource
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    Friendly IRC + Forum Community
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    Amazing Community
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    Code Completion
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    Visual GUI Designer
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    Code Refactoring
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    Cross Compiler
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    Open Source
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    Android and iOS Support
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    Because the pricing of Delphi is totally outrageous
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    Fast and small binaries
CONS OF LAZARUS
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    You don't end with a totally broken financial situation

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Software Solution Architect · | 4 upvotes · 7.2K views
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I just got into a new job at an organization that develops Windows applications in Object Pascal.

Delphi 10.3 is the most common IDE being used between developers here. However my first impressions of it weren't the best and reading I found Lazarus as an alternative, but haven't installed it yet. I'm pretty new in Object Pascal development and I already need to learn a bunch of things, but it doesn't scare me, so it would be nice to go forward with a good IDE choice.

I'm not sure these options are simply interchangeable, since Wikipedia says Lazarus is "for programmers developing with the Object Pascal language, which is as close as possible to Delphi". Any thoughts would be very welcome! Thanks very much.

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    Open source
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    Excellent performance
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    Great development
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    Vast array of 3rd party libraries
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    Used for android
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    Compiled Language
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    Used for Web
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    Managed memory
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    Native threads
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    High Performance
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    Easy to read
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    Great Community
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    Universal platform
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    Good amount of APIs
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    Great Support
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    Great ecosystem
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    Lots of boilerplate
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    Backward compatible
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    Everywhere
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    Excellent SDK - JDK
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    Static typing
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    Long term language
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    Better than Ruby
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    Mature language thus stable systems
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    Portability
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    Cross-platform
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    It's Java
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    Vast Collections Library
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    Used for Android development
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    Clojure
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    Most developers favorite
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    Old tech
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    Best martial for design
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    Great Structure
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    Testable
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    Javadoc
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    Stable platform, which many new languages depend on
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    History
CONS OF JAVA
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    Verbosity
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    NullpointerException
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    Overcomplexity is praised in community culture
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    Nightmare to Write
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    Boiler plate code
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    Classpath hell prior to Java 9
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    No REPL
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    No property
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    Floating-point errors
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    There is not optional parameter
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    Code are too long
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    Non-intuitive generic implementation
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    Returning Wildcard Types
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    Java's too statically, stronglly, and strictly typed
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    Free Community edition
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    Simple
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    Bug free
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    Made by Microsoft
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    JetBrains plugins (ReSharper etc.) work sufficiently OK
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    Elegant
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    Great community
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    Object oriented
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    Dynamic typing
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    Great standard library
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    Very fast
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    Functional programming
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    Scientific computing
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    Matlab alternative
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    Productivity
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    Easy to read
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    Simple is better than complex
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    It's the way I think
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    Free
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    Scripting
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    Rapid Prototyping
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    Socially engaged community
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    Because of Netflix
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    Performance impact
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    Poor syntax for anonymous functions
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    GIL
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    Package management is a mess
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    Dynamic typing
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    Hard to understand
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    Threading
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    Best java IDE
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    All
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    Database/Code integration
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    IDE
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    Free
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    More than enough languages for any developer
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    Reformating Code
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    File Watchers
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    Integrated Code Linting
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    Open source
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    Column Selection Mode
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    Just works
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    A lot of plugin
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    Works fine with mac os catalina
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    Bad for beginners
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    Constant reindexing
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Principal Software Engineer at Tophatter · | 8 upvotes · 332.2K views

As a Engineering Manager & Director at SmartZip, I had a mix of front-end, back-end, #mobile engineers reporting to me.

Sprints after sprints, I noticed some inefficiencies on the MobileDev side. People working multiple sprints in a row on their Xcode / Objective-C codebase while some others were working on Android Studio. After which, QA & Product ensured both applications were in sync, on a UI/UX standpoint, creating addional work, which also happened to be extremely costly.

Our resources being so limited, my role was to stop this bleeding and keep my team productive and their time, valuable.

After some analysis, discussions, proof of concepts... etc. We decided to move to a single codebase using React Native so our velocity would increase.

After some initial investment, our initial assumptions were confirmed and we indeed started to ship features a lot faster than ever before. Also, our engineers found a way to perform this upgrade incrementally, so the initial platform-specific codebase wouldn't have to entirely be rewritten at once but only gradually and at will.

Feedback around React Native was very positive. And I doubt - for the kind of application we had - no one would want to go back to two or more code bases. Our application was still as Native as it gets. And no feature or device capability was compromised.

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Sezgi Ulucam
Developer Advocate at Hasura · | 7 upvotes · 670.7K views

I've recently switched to using Expo for initializing and developing my React Native apps. Compared to React Native CLI, it's so much easier to get set up and going. Setting up and maintaining Android Studio, Android SDK, and virtual devices used to be such a headache. Thanks to Expo, I can now test my apps directly on my Android phone, just by installing the Expo app. I still use Xcode Simulator for iOS testing, since I don't have an iPhone, but that's easy anyway. The big win for me with Expo is ease of Android testing.

The Expo SDK also provides convenient features like Facebook login, MapView, push notifications, and many others. https://docs.expo.io/versions/v31.0.0/sdk/

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